Rice Bill To Promote African-American Arts Approved By Senate

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would establish a nonprofit organization called the New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation, was approved by the full Senate today.

Senator Rice stated that, “The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation is a non-profit organization that will boost interest in African-American history, culture and art.”

“The New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation will promote the African-American culture that is full of history to the residents of New Jersey,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “The foundation will be able to enrich the minds and spirits of New Jersey’s youth by increasing opportunities for young people to learn and experience African-American Arts.”

The bill, S-710, would allow for the creation of a non-profit organization which would align with other organizations and institutions in New Jersey to work for the purpose of broadening, deepening and diversifying statewide participation in and appreciation for African-American history, culture and arts.

“I believe that the New Jersey Black Cultural and Heritage Initiative Foundation will help the urban towns thrive by promoting the historical and cultural contributions made by African-Americans,” said Senator Rice. “The organization will work to increase the audience for local cultural events by sponsoring activities and raising funds that will ultimately go directly to supporting African-American traditions in the State and will strengthen community spirit.”

The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

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